The groups have met solely thrice earlier than on the World Juniors, most lately in 2012 when the Czech Republic gained all three by a rating of 19-5.
Each goaltenders have been enjoying of their third recreation in 4 video games for his or her respective groups, with Jan Bednar having a greater GAA than Breweris at 3.36 to three.84, however it was Breweris who made the distinction at this time.
“We believed we have been going to win,” Darels Ducours stated. “We simply went one-on-one and performed our greatest. We performed as a workforce and fought for one another. We stayed targeted the entire time.”
The Latvians bought the beginning they wanted and took a 2-0 lead at halftime. Martins Lavins scored on a kick from Harijs Brants. He drove down the left wing and fed the puck to Lavins, who rapidly transformed the puck between Jan Bednar’s open court docket at 4:30.
They made it 2-0 at 12:21 with one other nice move from behind the aim line. This time Raymonds Vitolins fed Rainers Rullers in entrance. The governors shot excessive over Bednar’s shoulder.
Latvia then scored two free kicks in a row. PK was letter good within the first interval and dodged the bullet for the second time earlier than lastly giving up. Michal Intestine’s backdoor move left him with nothing however the web, however he threw it far sufficient that he appeared to the sky for a better reply on his tape.
However moments later, he was given one other probability with a stable move from captain Jan Mysak, however he did not waste it.
The Vitolins-Rullers combo had one other probability to make it 3-1 early on, however this time Bednar met and made an excellent save for Rullers. Quickly Latvia started to really feel like that they had missed an opportunity to take management of the sport as they each performed sturdy performs however didn’t capitalize.
Certainly, the Czech workforce tied the sport with 9:33 to play. Captain Ralfs Bergmanis blocked a forehand shot, however it landed with Stanislav Svozil. The sensation that he had moved and outstripped Bruveris and misplaced his probability was the very first thing to note.
However Latvia, particularly Bergmanis, deserves credit score. David Jiricek gave the workforce the lead at 11:15 on a poor layup. Bergmanis’ fast shot fooled Bednar and put the underdogs again in entrance. Six minutes later, Bruveris scored once more with an identical shot on the facility play, his lengthy wrister excessive above Bednar.
Bednar was changed by Tomas Suchanek to begin the third, however his teammates managed 17 photographs on Brumanis and simply three photographs with no aim. The Czechs had a golden alternative to chop the lead halfway by way of the interval when Lavins blocked a free kick. However Mysak was stoned by Bruveris and defeated 4:2.